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Incentives for $1.45B tire plant could top $600M

Posted 2/6/2016 in State

An Associated Press analysis finds that the package of state aid and tax abatements to attract a $1.45 billion, 2,500-job Continental AG tire plant to Hinds County is worth approximately $600 million, and probably more.



State moving inmates from regional jails to save money

Posted 2/6/2016 in State

Budget problems are forcing the Mississippi Department of Corrections to cut the state inmate population at county regional jails.



Miss. lawmakers pass aid for tire plant, shipyard

Posted 2/5/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers on Thursday approved hundreds of millions of dollars of state money and incentives for a tire plant in western Hinds County and a shipyard in Gulfport.



Bryant says industrial deals biggest in state history

Posted 2/4/2016 in State

Mississippi lawmakers will consider more than $275 million in incentives starting Thursday for a Hinds County tire plant and a Gulfport shipyard that could cumulatively invest more than $1.5 billion and create 3,500 jobs.



Chaney seeks tighter regs of bail bonds

Posted 2/4/2016 in State

Mississippi Insurance Commissioner Mike Chaney said Wednesday that he wants tighter state regulations for bail bond businesses and agents.



Storms damage homes, EMCC housing

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

A tornado damaged homes and at least one church, and strong winds damaged buildings at East Mississippi Community College in Scooba on Tuesday.



Miss. Power: Another $142M in Kemper overruns

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

Mississippi Power Co. says it will spend another $142 million on its overrun-plagued Kemper County power plant, pushing its total cost above $6.6 billion.



NAACP seeks removal of Miss. flag in 2 counties

Posted 2/3/2016 in State

The NAACP is asking two more Mississippi counties to stop flying the state flag because it contains the Confederate battle emblem, but the request is meeting resistance from the Sons of Confederate Veterans and some local residents who say it represents history.



Forecast: Severe weather in north, central Miss.

Posted 2/2/2016 in State

Scattered severe storms capable of damaging winds and a few tornadoes are in the forecast for north and central Mississippi.



Under the Capitol dome: Analysis: Gov. says he'd sign corporate franchise tax cut

Posted 2/1/2016 in State

More than a few observers walked away from Gov. Phil Bryant's State of the State speech believing they'd heard the second-term Republican oppose plans for this year's Legislature to cut the $242-million-a-year corporate franchise tax.



Food stamp cutoff concerns advocates for poor in Miss.

Posted 1/30/2016 in State

With 75,000 Mississippians at risk of losing food stamp benefits on March 30 if they don't find work or training, social service providers fear an influx of hungry people in what's already the hungriest state in the nation.



Miss. could debate firing squad as execution method

Posted 1/28/2016 in State

Mississippi's attorney general said Wednesday that he will ask lawmakers to approve the firing squad, electrocution or nitrogen gas as alternate methods of execution in case the state is prevented from giving lethal injections.



Man files appeal on conviction he sent poison-laced letters

Posted 1/28/2016 in State

A Tupelo man seeks to overturn his 2014 conviction that he sent poison-laced letters to President Obama and others.


Tupelo civic leader Jack Reed Sr. dies at 91

Posted 1/28/2016 in State

Jack Reed Sr., a Tupelo businessman who spoke out against Mississippi's segregationist culture and was a longtime advocate for public schools before losing a race for governor in 1987, has died.

Bryant's State of the State calls for 'blue-collar' tax cuts

Posted 1/27/2016 in State

Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant called for "blue-collar" tax cuts, public school choice and more spending on the state's troubled foster care system and crumbling highways during his annual State of the State address on Tuesday.


Sentencing delayed to April or later in prison bribery case

Posted 1/27/2016 in State

Former Mississippi Corrections Commissioner Christopher Epps and two men who admitted to bribing him won't be sentenced until at least April under delays granted by a judge.



Vicksburg Police to use body cameras soon

Posted 1/26/2016 in State

Vicksburg police officers will soon start using body cameras in the line of duty. The Board of Mayor and Aldermen accepted a policy and procedure on the use of body cameras during its meeting Tuesday, the Vicksburg Post reported.



Reeves keeps most of same leadership team in state Senate

Posted 1/26/2016 in State

Second-term Republican Lt. Gov. Tate Reeves is keeping most of his same leadership team in the Mississippi Senate, including chairmen of two powerful money committees.



Investigation continues in gun shop shootout

Posted 1/26/2016 in State

Pearl River County officials said Monday they're still investigating a shootout over a $25 service charge that left gun shop owner Jason McLemore and his 17-year-old son Jacob dead.



Disputes highlight human flaws in election process

Posted 1/25/2016 in State

In hearings over two disputed Mississippi legislative races, testimony showed the imperfections of elections. Choosing government officials is a human endeavor, so stumbles are inevitable. The question is: How many stumbles are acceptable before an election should be overturned?



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